Sandia National Laboratories R&D Electrical Engineer (Early/Mid-Career) in Albuquerque, New Mexico
We are seeking a R&D S&E, Electrical Engineer to design and build test systems for Magnetics components and related circuits.
On any given day, you may be called on to:
- Be a key member on the Magnetics Product Realization Team that does research, design, development, and qualification of magnetic components such as pulse transformers, power transformers, flyback transformers, low inductance current viewing transformers, isolation transformers, trigger transformers, push-pull transformers, solenoid coils, inductors, coupled inductors, and stator windings.
- Be the primary test engineer responsible for developing and implementing test methods and hardware in close collaboration with magnetics designers.
- Work in a dynamic environment and lead the research and development of test methods to ensure high reliability of product.
- Collaborate with Production Agency engineers and external magnetics suppliers.
Adherence to safety, process controls, and quality principles is essential to the success of our department.
Travel required to US-based suppliers on a periodic regular basis (up to 20% yearly).
- Bachelor's degree in science or engineering discipline
- Active US DOE Q security clearance
- Experience with high voltage testing is desired.
- Experience and knowledge of manufacturing processes and materials related to magnetic devices
- Experience with or desire to learn test-to-failure, overstress testing, degradation analysis, and Weibull Analysis to evaluate development designs and production lot quality
- Ability to team with others and communicate easily and effectively with technical staff, management, and customers.
- Basic knowledge of magnetic components including transformers
- Experience testing magnetic components (transformers, inductors, etc.)
- Familiarity with MIL-STD testing and laboratory instrumentation, including network analyzers, spectrum analyzers, oscilloscopes, partial discharge testing, etc.
- Technical knowledge of magnetics devices (e.g., theory of operation, understanding of use in applications)
- Experience in design of high voltage test circuits especially those involving power conversion.
- Proven electrical circuit trouble shooting skills.
- Experience with LABVIEW or other software for control and data collection.
- Experience in the design, development, qualification, and production of Switch Mode Power Supplies such as Flyback, Forward, Push-Pull, Cuk, and SEPIC, particularly to Space or other High Reliability, long life requirements.
- Knowledge of and demonstrated abilities with electrical simulations tools (e.g. Ansoft, SPICE, Matlab, LABVIEW)
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills
- Analytical, research and problem-solving skills
- High voltage electrical safety training or willingness to complete training
The Magnetic & Frequency Devices Department is responsible for the design, development, qualification, delivery, and surveillance of high reliability electronic products for NW and other National Security customers. There are two separate teams: one for custom magnetic devices (transformers or various types, inductors, solenoid coils, etc.) and another for quartz controlled RF clocks & oscillators. These teams model, characterize and optimize designs and hardware. We partner closely with customers, many internal departments with specialized capabilities (materials, environmental testing, mechanical design, quality, etc.), the Production Agency (National Security Complex), and maintain extremely close relationships with external suppliers. Defect-prevention strategies are engrained in our work and design margins are quantified. There are multiple challenging requirements related to meeting high reliability numbers over extremely long life, radiation tolerance, nuclear safety requirements, and size & weight restrictions. Our labs are well equipped and have the capabilities to do specialized testing. The department has dozens of products in all phases including earlier research and development, proto-typing, and steady state production. Both teams are advancing innovative new technologies and designs for next generation product insertion opportunities.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:
- Challenging work withamazingimpact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
- Extraordinary co-workers
- Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
- Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
- Flexible schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*
World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at: http://www.sandia.gov
*These benefits vary by job classification.
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance to start.
Position requires an active Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance or active clearance with another US government agency, e.g., DOD, to be considered for this position.
Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.
Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.